Yes, brownies can be healthy. I made these healthy avocado chickpea brownies by using two ingredients that taste absolutely delicious in desserts! Avocado and Chickpeas! I used avocado and chickpeas because the health benefits in both are outstanding. I didn’t want to just use avocado or just use chickpeas alone, I wanted to create a brownie recipe that would stand out.
First off, these healthy avocado chickpea brownies did not come out the way that I intended them to. I wanted these brownies to have a cookie dough layer made with the chickpeas. But, I didn’t make enough of the chickpea cookie dough layer and the mixture was hot so it melted the chocolate chips that I had placed into the mixture. Regardless of it all, these healthy avocado chickpea brownies are absolutely delicious. I’ve been avoiding my kitchen because I want to eat the entire pan. I did not expect these healthy avocado chickpea brownies to taste so good.
Are avocado chickpea brownies good for you?
First off, I am not a dietitian/nutritionist (I would love to be since I am so passionate about food!) and I’m not exactly sure if these would classify as “good for you.” I believe that these healthy avocado chickpea brownies are good for you because they contain avocado, chickpeas, ground flax, and protein powder. But, just because something is good for you that doesn’t mean that you should eat the entire container. These healthy avocado chickpea brownies are healthier than traditional brownies that are loaded with sugar for sure. Eat these in moderation.
How to make brownies healthy?
It depends on the outcome you are going for here and your needs. If you’re someone that needs to eat less sugar, don’t use sugars like coconut sugar, granulated sugar, or brown sugar. You can use a natural sweetener like dates instead. If you’re someone that is watching your carbs, use almond flour and coconut flour instead of all purpose flour.
Normally, I load up my desserts with collagen, protein powder, ground flax, and sometimes chia/hemp seeds. I do this because that ups the health benefits in my sweets plus it makes them feel less guilty. All in all, it’s all about eating your sweets in moderation because in the end sugar is still sugar.
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“Avocado Brownie Layer”
- 1 large Avocado
- 2 Egg Replacer from Bob’s Red Mill (or aquafaba from chickpeas)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
- 3 tbsp Earth Balance Vegan Butter (or coconut oil or ghee)
- 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour
- 1/4 cup Coconut Flour
- 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 scoop Trader Joe’s Super Green Drink Protein Powder
- 1 tbsp Ground Flax Seed
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 2 tbsp Macadamia Milk
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking pan with parcement paper.
- Prepare your Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Egg Replacer and set aside.
- Slice your avocado in half and remove the skin and pit. Place into a food processor with your egg replacer, vanilla extract, coconut sugar, and butter. Process this until the mixture is creamy and the avocado is smoothed.
- Once the mixture is creamy and smooth, add your flours, cocoa powder, ground flax, protein powder, baking soda, and sea salt. Process this first for two minutes and then proceed to add 2 tbsp of Macadamia Milk. Process again for one minute.
- Spread the mixture evenly using a silicone spatula into the pan and set aside.
For the Chickpea Brownie Layer
- Begin by draining the chickpeas from the aquafaba. Save the aquafaba and use it as the egg in this recipe instead of the Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer if you do not have it. Thoroughly rinse the chickpeas and remove the skin from the chickpeas.
- Add the chickpeas, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and maple syrup to a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy for around 3 minutes.
- After 3 minutes, add a tbsp of hemp seeds to the mixture and process.
- Add a 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips to the mixture and stir. Spread on top of the brownie layer and top with additional chocolate chips.
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven after 20 minutes and allow to cool before cutting.